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Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
11/30/19 09:01:07AM
49 posts

John Molineux uses a striker on a mountain dulcimer


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That use of a striker is fun and intriguing. I will try this but anyone seen any videos of mountain dulcimer instructors using this technique? 

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
11/23/18 10:04:23AM
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Enjoying the responses and photos for this question. My new "favorite" that I likely would grab in the zombie apocalypse would be the chromatic McCafferty that I received this summer. Terry kindly customized the inlay pattern on the fretboard, which I LOVE and it has that loud, nice tone that Dusty described below. But I like my all-walnut Folkcraft for it's warm, full tone and I like my cherry/redwood McSpadden for it's happy sound, etc., so it would be a hard choice. 

McCafferty .jpg


updated by @gale-a-barr: 11/23/18 10:30:31AM
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
11/19/18 08:34:24PM
49 posts

Capo for Radius Fretboard?


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

@D-Chitwood , sure would like to hear a sound file from your new Bella dulcimer....winker

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
11/03/18 03:02:35PM
49 posts

Waiter’s tray stand


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi Don -

   I purchased mine at the Evart, MI Funfest this summer and I think it was about $180.  I am not seeing the stand on the Gary's website yet-  https://www.prussiavalley.com/ but I am sure you could give Gary a call to discuss. It can be folded up nicely for transport. Let me know if you want some photos.

 

 

 

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
11/03/18 01:42:16PM
49 posts

Waiter’s tray stand


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I have one of Gary Sager's dulcimer stands. Beautiful oak and has multiple adjustments available to customize to your needs. 

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
09/29/18 02:09:48PM
49 posts

Capritaurus Dulcimer listed on Goodwill auction


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Hi all -   Was browsing Goodwill auctions and saw this beauty listed on the Goodwill auction site. I shouldn't be looking as just received my McCafferty but it's fun to look. Label says built in 1973. Maybe someone else on this site is looking for one? Admin, please move this listing to the For Sale area if you deem appropriate. 

 

Capritaurus Dulcimer

 

 


updated by @gale-a-barr: 10/27/19 12:02:25PM
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
09/14/18 10:43:15PM
49 posts

What's your favorite mournful, spooky, or lonesome song to play?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Great thread. I like the plaintive and spooky tunes that you all have suggested. I happened on a reel called Ichabod;s Last Ride in a music collection from the Kaiser Family group (Squirrel's nest for the folks that have been to Evart Funfest http://squirrelsnestlive.com/index.php ) that is fun. Learning it as it is a nice spooky tune in D minor but I can only aspire to play it as fast as I have heard it.

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
04/15/18 08:21:02PM
49 posts

new member


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Yes, Neal has a good version of this in his "Hits of the Beatles" book - I really like it. Some of the tunes are tabbed for the more advanced player. 

 

https://www.elderly.com/hits-of-the-beatles-dulcimer-solo.htm

 

 

 

 

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
01/18/18 10:13:52PM
49 posts

External Pickup for Mountain Dulcimer - Kala amp?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi all -

  Sorry for the delay in responding - work and fragile health of my father has been requiring my attention. Thanks again for all of the suggestions. I am going to the different options as time and budget allows. 

  

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
12/28/17 04:25:46PM
49 posts

External Pickup for Mountain Dulcimer - Kala amp?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Ken, Dusty, Robin -
Thanks for the excellent, thoughtful responses! I may try the violin pickup at first just to get a feel for it and then start looking into the other options you have suggested, like the SM 57 mike and Roland amp. Thanks again and have a happy New Year!
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
12/27/17 02:40:39PM
49 posts

External Pickup for Mountain Dulcimer - Kala amp?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Should add that I have a standard size McSpadden and a couple of Folkcraft dulcimers I would like to amplify...
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
12/27/17 02:33:27PM
49 posts

External Pickup for Mountain Dulcimer - Kala amp?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions


Hi all -

   I am looking for some advice on any moderately-priced external pickups that work well with a mountain dulcimer and would work with the cute Kala amp I bought for my tenor uke this past summer. See attached for photo of amp and cord.  My DH gave me a gift certificate to Elderly Instruments and looking to use that if possible.  I don't have a lot of knowledge of "electrified" dulcimers but trying to learn from this site and others. Thanks in advance for any advice!


Amp.jpg Amp.jpg - 200KB
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
11/05/17 02:38:34PM
49 posts

Your "Dream Dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

My dream dulcimer at this point ... a large body , shorter scale VSL (25"), with false bottom - want the volume! happys  Built in pickup and chromatic setup. Wood, I am flexible but ebony fretboard would be nice.  Played a McCafferty dulcimer at Evart with a lot of these features - nice but open to suggestions....

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
02/12/17 02:37:33PM
49 posts

Gold Tone Dulciborn - thoughts, reviews?


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions


Hi -

  Just looking for some reviews, thoughts, etc of the Gold Tone Dulciborn. I heard a women at the Evart Funfest last year play one and thought it was pretty neat. She did say she purchased it used and had to have some adjustments done due to some warping of the fretboard( I believe). Volume was impressive. Any Dulciborn owners out there that could share their experience with this instrument? Thanks!

 

Gold Tone Dulciborn

 

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
11/01/15 09:27:45AM
49 posts

Putting bass strings on a standard dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi all -

  Thank you all for your thoughts on this. I spoke with Richard (I think that was his name) at Folkcraft a couple of weeks ago about setting one of their make-your-own dulcimer kits as a baritone. His only suggestion was to perhaps order a longer fretboard and seemed to think that setting up as a baritone would be fine. The kits come standard with the 27". I did not ask about setting up as a bass at that time. I could call them back and see what they say about changing a shop-made dulcimer.

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
10/31/15 04:16:17PM
49 posts

Putting bass strings on a standard dulcimer?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi - I posted this also on the Everything Dulcimer forum....
  I just purchased a Folkroots/Folkcraft Model: D550s-520, Dated: 2-10-2004, from a member of Everything Dulcimer. I have ordered some appropriate strings to put on this instrument to enable me to play it as a baritone. This dulcimer has a deeper (3") body and has a nice throaty sound. Would it harm the instrument in anyway if I put larger gauge strings (.022, .022, .036 and .052.) on this instrument to try playing as a bass also? The owners of the music store I spoke with asked this question and I do not know the answer. Is the structure of a purpose-made bass dulcimer more reinforced than a standard mountain dulcimer? The string notchs in the nut and bridge might have to be altered?

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
09/28/15 09:38:25AM
49 posts

Is this dulcimer possibly a Cripple Creek?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi all - thanks for the replies. I am not a beginner but just wondered about the possible origins of this dulcimer. 

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
09/27/15 07:03:57PM
49 posts

Is this dulcimer possibly a Cripple Creek?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi Jan - thanks for the info! I currently have a couple of dulcimers already,  a McSpadden Spruce/Cherry and a Clemmer Banjammer, but just curious about this one available near me.

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
09/27/15 10:54:22AM
49 posts

Is this dulcimer possibly a Cripple Creek?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

HI -

Yesterday I noticed on Ebay a dulcimer for sale near me.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/231696384520?euid=e47df9c1fe0a4671b96298f19eeaf86a&cp=1&exe=12808&ext=32575&sojTags=exe=exe,ext=ext

I asked the seller if they know who the luthier is and what woods were used to make it. The seller replied that he did not recall the luthier or woods but bought this about 25 years ago in a instrument shop in Colorado Springs. He was a music teacher and has used it teaching all of these years since. I did some Googling and thinking that this might be a Cripple Creek dulcimer? Thoughts? Would this be considered a "starter" dulcimer? Thanks!

 


updated by @gale-a-barr: 09/28/15 12:51:23AM
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
06/24/15 10:02:09PM
49 posts

New Possum Board


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks Robert and Ken - I am checking out my options now to see if I should make or buy one!

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
06/22/15 08:40:48PM
49 posts

New Possum Board


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

That is beautiful! Where is the best place to purchase one? Not sure if I have time to make one.

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
06/19/15 09:32:09PM
49 posts

Interesting looking dulcimer setup


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thought I would share this curious setup from the goodwill website. Anyone seen something like this before?

Dulcimer with playing table

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
02/04/15 08:35:04PM
49 posts

Dulcimer Duet or Dulcimer/Fiddle Duet songbooks?


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Thanks Martha and Ken! I do some research into these options.

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
11/22/14 07:46:28PM
49 posts

Dulcimer Duet or Dulcimer/Fiddle Duet songbooks?


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Hi -

Just wondering if anyone can suggest some dulcimer or dulcimer/fiddle duet songbooks? I have been Googling but not finding a lot...Thanks!


updated by @gale-a-barr: 02/19/19 01:38:07AM
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
11/21/14 08:20:41PM
49 posts

Playing dulcimer with a ukelele


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

Thanks, everyone! We will have to get capo for the ukes and give thata try....

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
07/30/14 10:23:39PM
49 posts

Playing dulcimer with a ukelele


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

Correction: soprano and tenor ukes are usually tuned in the key of c - foggy brain late at night.....
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
07/30/14 10:11:47PM
49 posts

Playing dulcimer with a ukelele


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

Hi -

My hubby is the proud newowner of not just one ukulele, but 2 ( a little Diamondheadsoprano and tenor Fluke) and I as a beginner/intermediate player of a dulcimer would like to play together. The ukes are commonly tuned to the key of G. We have been experimenting a bit but should I retune to CGC to make it easier to accompany him or capo to G while in DAD tuning? I am open to any suggestions to make it easier to do.... ...thanks!


updated by @gale-a-barr: 02/25/19 03:50:36AM
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
09/17/14 10:11:21PM
49 posts

Enter FOTMD's 5th Birthday Pickled Dulcimer CONTEST!


OFF TOPIC discussions

Thank you, Bobby Ratliff! I just rec'd my Dulcimer key fob in the mail today. It is very nice - can't wait to show it off!

(not sure why the photo is upside down :) )

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
07/30/14 10:49:28PM
49 posts

Enter FOTMD's 5th Birthday Pickled Dulcimer CONTEST!


OFF TOPIC discussions

Awesome! Thank you! Can't wait to see the fobs.....and Happy Birthday FOTMD!
Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
04/09/14 10:22:27PM
49 posts

Ordered a Banjammer today!


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Thanks! I have been trying different tunes, picks, and styles to see what sounds right to me on the banjammer, which has been fun. I have notattempted many tuneswith a noter on the dulcimer but I do like how it sounds.

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
03/26/14 01:30:25PM
49 posts

Ordered a Banjammer today!


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Thanks, Ben! Looking forward to learning more about it!

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
03/26/14 10:27:10AM
49 posts

Ordered a Banjammer today!


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Thanks! I agree, this cool weather has allowed me more playing time!

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
03/25/14 09:25:34PM
49 posts

Ordered a Banjammer today!


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Just have to share - had a nice surprise waiting for me when I got home on a snowy March day! Now I have to learn how to play it.

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
01/11/14 11:28:11AM
49 posts

Ordered a Banjammer today!


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Good to hear that you have enjoyed your banjammer, Wayne! I will look around and see if there are any classes or workshops coming up that may be relatively close to me. It seems that I saw that there is some instructional videos on-line also?

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
01/11/14 09:48:05AM
49 posts

Ordered a Banjammer today!


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Dusty, thanks! I purchased my McSpadden from Elderly Instruments from their stock, so I was unsure of typical turn-around times for ordering instruments like this. From all the reviews I have read, I am certain it will be worth the wait. It looks like that CD can purchased directly from Aaron's website. I will have to check that out to get a sampling of what can be done with this instrument!

Gale A Barr
@gale-a-barr
01/10/14 09:29:53AM
49 posts

Ordered a Banjammer today!


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Thank you! I will have to look into the Banjammer gathering for sure. I guess I will have to be patient - *sigh*.

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